Lorene Martin Huffman, 86, of Houston left her earthly home on Tuesday, April 7, 2009, to claim her inheritance in Heaven. She was born Aug. 26, 1922, in Pine Bluff, Miss., to Alton Martin and Ora Stafford Martin. Shortly thereafter the Martins moved to Montpelier so that their children could attend the public schools there. Lorene graduated from Montpelier Consolidated High School in 1940 as the Salutatorian of her class. She then attended Mississippi Delta Community College, formerly Sunflower Junior College.
On Aug. 30, 1941, she married the love of her life, Earl Huffman. They were soon separated by his call to the U.S. Army for service stateside and eventually Europe. After World War II, Mr. Huffman and Lorene purchased a farm in the Sparta community, where they lived and worked for more than 55 years.
In 1960, Lorene continued her education at Mississippi State University. She graduated in 1965 with honors and a B.S. degree in Elementary Education at the young age of 43. She earned a Master’s degree in Guidance Education and Counseling from MSU in 1967. In 1972, she completed post-graduate work in Educational Psychology and Adult Education at MSU. Also in 1972, she was certified by the Mississippi State Board of Education as an Educational Psychometrist. Mrs. Huffman had a distinguished 28-year career in the Houston Public Schools until retiring because of Mr. Huffman’s serious illness.
She was very active in local religious, civic and honorary organizations. She became a Christian at an early age and was known for her faithfulness in the duties and privileges of church membership. She taught all age groups in Sunday School, Training Union, classes for new Christians and served as president of the Women’s Missionary Union. Lorene was known as a prayer warrior and soul winner. She was a member of the sanctuary choir and JOY, Just Older Youth.
Lorene was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, an organization for outstanding female educators, serving as chapter vice president and treasurer. She was a charter member of the Friends of the Library of the local Carnegie Library and served on its board of directors. Lorene was a charter member of the Houston Pilot Club, served in several leadership roles in the organization, and was active in local projects for over 40 years. She was a member of local, state and national Republican Women’s clubs, and local, state and national Cattlewomen’s Association groups. One of her sources of greatest pride was membership in the Chuquatonchee Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
In 1979, Lorene was named as Houston’s Outstanding Handicapped Professional Woman of the Year sponsored by the Pilot Club International, Sears Roebuck and Company, and the President’s Committee on Employment of the Handicapped. In January 1995, she was awarded the Voice of Democracy Certificate of Merit by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. In 1997, she was the recipient of the prestigious Women of Distinction Award in recognition of her outstanding work in Delta Kappa Gamma International and education in general. Upon her retirement from the Houston Public School system, she was honored by the Mississippi Association of Educators with the Distinguished Service Award for 28 years of professional service in public education.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Huffman loved to travel and explore new places. They toured almost every state in the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, and traveled to Canada and Mexico.
Lorene’s life was exemplified by a quick wit and an overwhelming love for God, country, family, friends and neighbors. She lived her life with purity of character, Christian integrity and honesty. Most importantly she loved to share her Christian faith. Therefore, she touched many lives in all age groups.
Lorene was preceded in death by her husband; an infant son, Ronald; an infant great-granddaughter, Nollie Catherine Falkner; her parents; and four brothers: Lester “Pepper” Martin of Pontotoc, James E. “Eudy” Martin of Pontotoc, Clyde Martin of Houston and Jessie Martin of Montpelier. She is survived by two children, Dianne (Joe) Nabors of Montgomery Ala., and Gary (Debbie) Huffman of Sparta. Five grandchildren: Dr. Robin (Sterling) Falkner of Murphreesboro, Tenn., Martin (Valeria) Falkner of Sparta, Joel (Susan) Nabors of Atlanta, Ga., Dr. Andrew Huffman of Hattiesburg and Dr. Heidi (Nathan) Rose of Auburn, Ala. Six great-grandchildren: Katelyn, Yance and Rebekah Joy Falkner; Bebe Falkner; Emma Kate Rose; and Jacob Nabors; and one great-great-granddaughter, Adalie Kate Falkner. She is also survived by one brother, Charles E. (Juanita) Martin of Fulton; two sisters-in-law, Ila Mae Robinson of Houston and Ruby Wells of Arizona; two aunts, Loudean Martin and Zula Warnick; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be at the funeral home today, April 9, 2009, from 5 until 8 p.m.
A celebration of Lorene’s life will be held at the Houston First Baptist Church on Friday, April 10, 2009, at 10 a.m. Dr. Daniel R. Heeringa, assisted by Bro. Chris Lynch, will officiate. Music directors Bro. Kenny Adams and Bro. Lee Gordon will be in charge of musical arrangements. Eulogies will be delivered by family attorney Rex F. Sanderson, Mrs. Pat Pettigrew and Mr. William A. Collums. Pallbearers are Tony Bacon, Glen Chisolm, Tommy Dendy, Jimmy Sanderson, Kenny Blissard, Johnny Furr, William A. Collums and Barry Springer. Honorary pallbearers are Robin Mathis, Bennett Blanton, Dr. Chris Oswalt, Bert Hill, Larry Arrington, Jahu Blissard, Dr. Victor Horn, Bart Munlin, Dr. Herman Smith and Jim Hood.
Burial will be in the Chickasaw Memorial Gardens located on Highway 8 East, Houston. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Houston First Baptist Church Building Fund or the charity of the donor’s choice.
PONTOTOC – Edna Chunn Wilson, 83, died Tuesday April 7, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Dec. 22, 1925, in Pontotoc County to William Newton Chunn and Mary Della Lee Chunn. She was a lifelong resident of Pontotoc County and was married to Woodrow “Teeter” Wilson on May 8, 1944. She worked for Reed’s Manufacturing before retiring, enjoyed fishing and even took a swim in the Tenn-Tom River. Edna was known as “Aunt Edna” or “Mamaw” by most everyone because of her loving heart. She had an open home with many children, including her own, coming through it. She was of the Baptist faith.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 10, at Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home with Bro. Steve Cohea and Bro. Danny Rushing officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Linda McMillen of Dorsey and Luci Moore (Tommy) of Mooreville; four sons, James Wilson (Renate) of Pontotoc, Buddy Wilson (Linda) of Saltillo, George Wilson (Alison) of Fulton and Boyce Wilson (Tammy) of Tupelo; four sisters, Hazel Keith of Pontotoc, Janie Reynolds of Tupelo, Ruth Redden (John Wayne) of Tupelo and Verna Mae Dunlap (James) of New Albany; two brothers, Gerald Chunn of Tupelo and Jessie Chunn (Barbara) of Pontotoc; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren including a special caretaker and granddaughter, Nancy Robbins, who took such good care of her. She is also survived by her constant companion of 14 years, Jazz.
Edna is preceded in death by her husband; one son, Bobby Glenn Wilson; two daughters, Louise Clark and infant, Ruby Wilson; and one son-in-law, Raymond Clark.
Pallbearers are grandsons. Honorary pallbearers are grandsons Richard Wilson and Andrew Kirby.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday.
OXFORD – James Lee “Hard Time” Jones, 46, died Sunday, April 5, 2009, in Oxford. He was a native of Lafayette County.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Harrisonville M.B. Church with the Rev. Elton Jones officiating. Burial will be in the Harrisonville Cemetery. Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Eugenia Jones of Batesville; three sisters, Willie Jean Boyd of Michigan, and Mary Pearl Boyd and Dorothy Jones, both of Batesville; three brothers, David Jones of Tupelo, and Charles Jones and Jimmy Jones, both of Oxford.
He was preceded in death by his father, Willie Lewis Jones.
Carl Rucker Jr.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Carl Edward Rucker Jr., 57, died Friday, April 3, 2009, at Alliance HealthCare System in Holly Springs. He was a disabled construction worker and a member of Providence M.B. Church in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Harris Chapel M.B. Church in Ashland with the Rev. G.T. Thompson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three sons, Carlos Rucker of Memphis, and Carl Rucker III and Xavier Hankins, both of Holly Springs; three daughters, Chiquita Daugherty Mosley and Quanita Hankins, both of Holly Springs, and Tarita Cross of Memphis; a special friend, Concetta Ingram of Holly Springs; four grandchildren; seven sisters, Helen Jeffries-Lamb of Jackson, Willie Mae Aldridge of Bossier City, La., Della Lumpkin, Joann Anderson, Sharon Nabors, Bonnie Oliver and Sandra Jones, all of Holly Springs; and two brothers, Thomas Nabors and Donnie Nabors, both of Holly Springs.
Pallbearers will be Albert Jeffries Sr., Albert Jeffries Jr., Undray Lamb, Terrance Paige, Mario Lumpkin and Darryl Hankins.
Honorary pallbearers will be Henry Jones, William Brown, Richard George, Joe Manning, Oscar George, Izaih Lumpkin Jr. and Robert Pegues.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from noon to 12:55 p.m. Friday.
WEST POINT – Michael Scott White, 24, died Sunday, April 5, 2009, at his home in West Point. He was born Nov. 10, 1984, in Columbus to Georgetta Powell White and Terry Scott White. He was a carpenter for Landmark Enterprises and Baptist. He married Amy Lomax White on May 15, 2003, in West Point.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with Bro. Jerry Allen officiating.
Survivors include his wife, Amy Dawn White of West Point; three daughters, Schyler Nichole White, Schieanne Harmony White and Abbagayle Dawn White, all of West Point; his grandmothers, Alma Powell of Cedar Bluff and June White of Oil Trough, Ark.; his parents of Cedar Bluff; two sisters, Brandy Wofford (Tim) of West Point and Rebecca White of Cedar Bluff; and his brother, Brandon White (Rachel) of Cedar Bluff.
Visitation will be from 1 until 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
MABEN – Carrie Ann McKinney, 70, died Saturday, April 4, 2009, at the Oktibbeha County Hospital in Starkville. She was born Oct. 15, 1938, in West Point.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Bluff Creek Missionary Baptist Church in West Point with the Rev. R.L. Avant officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two brothers, Freddie McKinney and Robert Quinn, both of West Point; eight sisters, Francis Johnson and Elmaree Avant, both of Maben, Bertha Hudson of Roxbury, Mass., Izola Price and Icie Maxwell, both of Grenada, Dorothy Ford of Cedar Bluff, Shirley Williams of West Point, and Mamie Young of Kansas City, Kan.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Isaac and Emma McKinney; and two brothers, John Allen McKinney and Roosevelt McKinney.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
TUPELO – Brian Holleman, 28, died Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at the Golden Living Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.
NEW ALBANY – Bryleigh Ann Taylor, 23 months, died Tuesday, April 7, 2009, at her home in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home of Ripley. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at Bethel United Methodist Church in Benton County.
MADISON – Jane Hall Waldrop, 80, died Tuesday, April 7, 2009, at the Reginald P. White Nursing Home in Meridian. She was born Dec. 10, 1928, in Pontotoc County to Lacey and Layla Tutor Hall. She was a member of Randolph Baptist Church. She graduated from Randolph High School and later attended Itawamba Junior College, where she enrolled as a freshman at the same time as her eldest son. After completing nursing school in Tupelo, she worked as an LPN at North Mississippi Medical Center. In 1976 she moved to Jackson, where she worked at St. Dominic Hospital until her retirement in 1994.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc with the Rev. Gerald Finley officiating. Burial will follow in Carey Springs Cemetery.
Survivors include her daughter, Gloria Waldrop Hipple (Ken) of Madison; three sons, Ken Waldrop (Nancy) of Milton, Fla., Mark Waldrop (Sherria) of Pontotoc and George Waldrop (Judy Laughter) of Byhalia; one brother, Gailon Hall of Portland, Ore.; three sisters, Virginia Washington of Cottage Grove, Ore., Patty Hall of Portland, Ore., and Frances “Fran” McKinley of Sagle, Idaho; five grandchildren, Bill Waldrop, Christa Moore, Shanna Franklin, Warren Waldrop and Eric Waldrop; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and by her husband, William “Billy” Waldrop, in 1965.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m. today and from noon to 2 p.m. Friday.
George Moore Jr.
OKOLONA – George Moore Jr. died Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home.
FALKNER – James Keith Cappleman, 58, died Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.
BRUCE – Earnest James Madkins, 69, died Friday, April 4, 2009, in Bruce. He was born March 30, 1940, in Charleston to Johnny Madkins and Mary Susie Herrod. He attended school in Charleston and Bruce, Natchez Jr. College in Natchez and Mississippi Industrial College in Holly Springs. He worked for Rapport Brothers for 15 years and retired from the New York Times after 33 years. A great athlete, he loved sports, especially baseball and basketball, playing cards and socializing with friends.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at New Hope Church of God in Christ in Bruce. The Rev. Thomas Tillman will officiate. Burial will be in Pittsboro Community Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Norma J. Madkins of Bruce, whom he married in 1963; his mother, Mary Susie Herrod of Bruce; one son, Christopher Madkins (Darcel) of Pittsburgh, Pa.; two daughters, Cynthia Madkins Coggins (Alex) and Tracy Madkins, both of Brooklyn, N.Y.; two brothers, Gary Madkins of Bruce and Nathaniel Madkins of Queens, N.Y.; one sister, Bernice (Johnny) Herrin of Detroit, Mich.; seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild; an aunt, Elizabeth Kegler of Charleston.
He was preceded in death by his father, Johnny Madkins Sr., and a brother, Johnny Madkins Jr.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
MATHISTON – Edna James, 72, died Tuesday, April 7, 2009, at Regency Hospital of Jackson. She was born Feb. 20, 1937, in Mississippi. A retired homemaker, she had been a member of Fame Church of God since childhood.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Double Springs Church in Webster County with the Rev. Skeet Davis and the Rev. Travis Gray officiating. Burial will be in Double Springs Cemetery. Wise Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Richard James of Clarkson; two daughters, Debbie and Buddy Hawes of Walthall, and Joy and Randy Yancy of Sarepta; four sisters, Ruby Fason of Fame, Thelma Edmonds of Longview, Mary York of Slate Springs, and Sandra and Johnny Turner of Whitehill; four brothers, James Kimbrough of Gainesville, Fla., Lamar and Katie Kimbrough of Starkville, Johnny and Carroll Kimbrough of Fayetteville, Ga., and Jo Kimbrough of Clarkson; 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a son, Ricky James, and a sister, Sylvia Barnett.
Visitation wlil be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the church.
SALTILLO – Barbara Diane Reedy, 61, died Tuesday, April 7, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. She was born Jan. 20, 1948, in Blytheville, Ark., to Arlis and Maida Davis Christian. She grew up in Itawamba County. Shortly after her marriage in 1970, she and her husband moved to Lee County. Her employment included working in the credit card department of BancorpSouth for the past 18 years. She was a member of Gumtree Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed riding motorcycles, church, shopping with her grandaughter, but especially just spending time with her granddaughter.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Charles Covington officiating. Burial will be in Unity Cemetery east of Plantersville.
Survivors include her husband of 39 years, Bobby Joe Reedy of Saltillo; one son, Scotty Reedy (Michelle) of Tupelo; one brother, Billy Christian (Linda) of Snellville, Ga.; one granddaughter, Anna Kathryn Reedy; a special niece, Tina Felks of Saltillo; a sister-in-law, Jeanette Christian of Tupelo; a brother-in-law, Mac Reedy of Tupelo; three nephews, Brad Christian (Abby) of Moyock, N.C., and Don Christian and Mike Christian of Tupelo; and a niece, Heather Dodd (Jason) of Cummings, Ga.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Tommy Roy Christian.
Pallbearers will be Carl Patterson, Jimmy Pace, Wheeler Pulliam, Joe Yerby, Mike Christian, Don Christian, Brad Christian and Vance Yerby.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo MS 38803.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
TALBOTT, Tenn. – Ervin Williams, 77, died Tuesday, April 7, 2009, at his home in Talbott, Tenn. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Calvert Funeral Home of West Point.
TUPELO – Isabelle Madeline Mattos, 89, died Tuesday, April 7, 2009, at the Laney House of the Green Houses. A native of Portugal, she was born June 22, 1919, to John and Rita Dias Silveira. Formerly of Fresno, Calif., she was a published poet, writing many poems, an artist and an avid reader. She loved to crochet and work in her garden. She had lived in Tupelo for the past several years to be closer to her daughter. She was a member of Cornerstone United Methodist Church.
Visitation and services will be at Whitehurst Sullivan Burns & Blair Funeral Service in Fresno, Calif. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of local arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Diana McKeown (Tom) of Bensalem, Pa., Kathleen Awala of Tupelo and Julie Ray (Jerry) of Belden; two sons, Frank Mattos Jr. (Pam) of Clovis, Calif., and John Mattos (Debbie) of Easton, Calif.; one sister, Hilda Mattos of Fresno, Calif.; one brother, Joe Silveira of Easton, Calif.; six grandchildren, Marshall Holmes (Lynn) of Oceano, Calif., Monica Jones (Kevin) of Tupelo, Jason Mattos of Fresno, Calif., Nicole Awala of Tupelo, Andrea Pierce (Matt) of Selma, Calif., Joey McKeown of Bensalem and Seth Mattos of Clovis; four great-grandchildren, Jacob, Kayla, Isabelle and McKenna.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Mattos, on Jan. 23, 1985.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
TUPELO – J.W. McCoy died Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona.